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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (20 March) . .

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focus on systemic improvements needed to address disproportionality in the ACT. That review, as I have mentioned, is being overseen by a steering committee of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?

Mrs Jones: Madam Speaker, it is about relevance. Part of the question was—

Ms Stephen-Smith: Part of the question?

Mrs Jones: Yes. If you will let me finish my point of order, you will hear what it is that I have to say.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you please get to it, Mrs Jones.

Members interjecting

Mrs Jones: I am glad we all hold each other to the same standard.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, your point of order, please.

Mrs Jones: Yes, I would like to finish my point of order; thank you.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am waiting for it.

Mrs Jones: Okay, good. Part of the question was whether the territory's out of home care system is influenced by racism. I thought it was a very important part of the question, which maybe was not heard; certainly it has not yet been addressed in the question. So the point of order goes to relevance.

MADAM SPEAKER: The other part of the question was: what actions have been undertaken?

Mrs Jones: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister is going directly to that.

Mrs Jones: No, that was not the only part of the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, you have 38 seconds left.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Thank you, Madam Speaker. In relation to Mrs Jones's point of order, I would point her to my response to Mrs Kikkert's first question, which did in fact cover that issue. In relation to the question that Mrs Kikkert actually asked, I would go on to say that the child and youth protection service have developed a 12-month family group conferencing pilot program specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. The aim of the family group conferencing is to provide


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